remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front
b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another
2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat
3 : to dismiss from office
4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs
2 : to go away
3 : to be capable of being removed

remove

noun

Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c
2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another
b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other Words from remove

Verb

removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office. Noun She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sunday, January 10th, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives Vice President Pence 24 hours to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from Office before moving forward with an impeachment vote. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "White House Weekly: January 18," 18 Jan. 2021 The House tried first to push Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to intervene, passing a resolution Tuesday night calling on them to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump from office. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Chron, "Trump on verge of 2nd impeachment after Capitol siege," 13 Jan. 2021 The House tried first to push Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to intervene, passing a resolution Tuesday night calling on them to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump from office. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Now what happens to Donald Trump?," 13 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on a resolution by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., calling on Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Impeachment, resignation, 25th Amendment: How Democrats in Congress are trying to remove Trump after Capitol riots," 12 Jan. 2021 Democrats, who have unsuccessfully pressed Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office, are expected to have enough votes to impeach in the House, which requires only a simple majority. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "House Plans Trump Impeachment Vote for Wednesday," 12 Jan. 2021 House Democrats were readying a resolution Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Star Tribune, "Impeach Trump for inciting attack on nation's Capitol," 12 Jan. 2021 That prompted the House of Representatives to take up a resolution to impeach him for the second time in less than two years unless Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment this week to remove him from office. Fortune, "PGA revokes 2022 championship from Trump’s Bedminster golf course," 11 Jan. 2021 Pelosi made the announcement in a letter to colleagues, framing it as an ultimatum to Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the powers of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Darlene Superville, Time, "Nancy Pelosi Says the House Will Impeach Donald Trump Unless Mike Pence Forces an Ouster," 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still others find it in work that’s typically solitary and more often than not performed at a remove from societal expectations, which lifts the veil off an inchoate sense of transness and offers a safe place to try on an emerging identity. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Transgender Jews are finding a safe haven in an unexpected place: the farm," 24 Feb. 2021 Eisenman, who approves of parties and is clearly invested in the lives of her friends, is sometimes perceived as carrying herself in company with an observer’s remove. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Every Nicole Eisenman Picture Tells a Story," 22 Feb. 2021 Pedro Alaniz, a chef who had traveled with his daughter from Boston to attend the inauguration, blamed pro-Trump rioters for triggering the extra security measures that kept Biden supporters at a far remove from the ceremony. Los Angeles Times, "Braced for clashes, Washington is mostly empty and quiet for Biden inauguration," 20 Jan. 2021 When possible, photographers did find ways to do their work at a remove. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, "New Yorker Photography in a Year of Crisis," 20 Dec. 2020 In this imperfect world, we were forced to enjoy the glut of new product reveals from the safe remove of our home offices. Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Week in Cars: a New Civic, a New BRZ, and a 470-HP Wrangler," 21 Nov. 2020 One’s patience with the remove from the action wears thin all too quickly. Washington Post, "With playhouses dark, interactive theater online is lighting things upStep right up to your laptop, and let theater entertain you with magic and mind reading.," 29 Oct. 2020 The ancient Greeks and Shakespeare understood the advantage of distance, of grappling with dramatic material at a remove from contemporary existence. Los Angeles Times, "No matter who wins the election, artists will be called upon to repair a broken nation," 30 Oct. 2020 The impeachment that followed took up the Russia conspiracy idea again, but at one remove. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, "Is America Ungovernable?," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of remove

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove

Verb

Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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Time Traveler for remove

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The first known use of remove was in the 14th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Remove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remove. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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remove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place
: to cause (something) to no longer exist
: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job

remove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a distance separating one person or thing from another

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.
2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.
3 : to dismiss from a job or office

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as
a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code
c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adjective
removableness noun

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